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Contemplating 400 Years of Inequality

Posted on Nov 19, 2019

Contemplating 400 Years of Inequality

Angel Acosta discusses how using a 4ft x 20ft timeline as a contemplative learning tool supports participants with deepening their understanding of entrenched racial and socio-economic inequality in the United States.

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2019 Mindful Education Summit starts October 16th

Posted on Oct 15, 2019

2019 Mindful Education Summit starts October 16th

Starting this Wednesday, October 16th, 35 researchers and educators will offer 5 days of resources on mindfulness in US schools at the free, online Mindful Education Summit.

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Working with Fear and Resistance when Fostering Contemplative Space

Posted on Sep 3, 2019

Working with Fear and Resistance when Fostering Contemplative Space

Fostering contemplative spaces in academic settings is often limited by the fear and resistance educators, students, and administrators face. This webinar will help prepare participants to utilize contemplative practices to work with fear and resistance in themselves, students, management, and systems.

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A Dialogue on Self-Compassion and Interdependence

Posted on Aug 8, 2019

A Dialogue on Self-Compassion and Interdependence

Drs. Mamgain and Majied discuss fierce self-compassion as it relates to interdependence so that participants learn how to increase their own positive life force through progressive self-reflection.

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Soulfulness Practices: Applying the SOUL-Centered Framework (Part 2)

Posted on Jul 12, 2019

Soulfulness Practices: Applying the SOUL-Centered Framework (Part 2)

Building upon the June 2019 webinar introducing soulfulness, this webinar focuses on the application of soulfulness to contemplative practice. Presenter Shelly P. Harrell, Ph.D. is a psychologist whose work focuses on individual, relational, and collective well-being in the context of culture and oppression.

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Radical Love as a Public Health Initiative: the 3rd Arthur Zajonc Lecture by Lenwood W. Hayman, Jr., PhD

Posted on Jun 19, 2019

Radical Love as a Public Health Initiative: the 3rd Arthur Zajonc Lecture by Lenwood W. Hayman, Jr., PhD

7:30 pm on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, in the Smith College Campus Center, 100 Elm Street, Northampton, MA. This event is free and open to all, and we will be live streaming and recording the lecture for those who cannot attend. 

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“I Got Soul”: Soulfulness, Culture, and Contemplative Practice

Posted on Jun 10, 2019

“I Got Soul”: Soulfulness, Culture, and Contemplative Practice

This webinar will introduce “soulfulness” as an approach to contemplative practice that centers a synergistic integration of the psychological, spiritual, and cultural dimensions of soul.

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Bridging the Gap between Islam, Islamophobia and Contemplative Pedagogy

Posted on May 2, 2019

Bridging the Gap between Islam, Islamophobia and Contemplative Pedagogy

Participants in this webinar will engage foundational information about Islam, Islamophobia, and the historical context about Islam as relevant to current-day realities, and will consider connections between Islam and contemplative practices, and opportunities to create space for Muslims in contemplative education.

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Faith in a Seed: Strategies for Nurturing and Embedding Contemplative Approaches on our Campuses

Posted on Apr 4, 2019

Faith in a Seed: Strategies for Nurturing and Embedding Contemplative Approaches on our Campuses

In this webinar with Juliet Trail, Director of Education for the University of Virginia Contemplative Sciences Center, we will walk through ways in which we can cultivate contemplative approaches across the various mission areas of higher education – including academics, the co-curricular domain (including student life, student health, and faculty/staff life), research, service, and patient care.

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The Tree of Contemplative Practices

Posted on Mar 12, 2019

The Tree of Contemplative Practices

In this webinar with Maia Duerr, research director of CMind’s Contemplative Net Project (2002-2004), you’ll learn about the inspiration and story behind the Tree of Practices concept: the image was originally created as a way to organize and represent the project’s findings.

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Cultivating Hope in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous World

Posted on Feb 1, 2019

Cultivating Hope in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous World

A webinar with Éliane Ubalijoro, PhD, exploring how we can navigate challenges we face today and others we have yet to anticipate, especially in higher education.

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Contemplative Resistance

Posted on Jan 7, 2019

Contemplative Resistance

In this webinar with organizer and activist Holly Roach Knight, we will look at some of the obstacles to social change and explore how a contemplative view, practice, and conduct can help us address them. In essence, we will look at how contemplative education in higher education can help equip students to navigate and contribute to equity and social justice work.

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Begin With Wholeness, End With Joy

Posted on Nov 13, 2018

Begin With Wholeness, End With Joy

In this webinar, Dr. Maria Hamilton Abegunde draws on the work done in her graduate level Black Feminisms class to ask, “What if we intentionally structure our teaching with rituals of wholeness, healing, and joy; practices that help students feel connected to the powerful things that can nurture and sustain them?”

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Webinar: A Brief Time for Practice, Togetherness and Supportive Resource-Sharing

Posted on Oct 30, 2018

Webinar: A Brief Time for Practice, Togetherness and Supportive Resource-Sharing

On Wednesday, October 31st, Carrie Bergman, CMind’s Associate Director, will host an open time for self-guided contemplative practice and an opportunity to share helpful resources.

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Contemplation, Reflexivity, and Gender/ Sexual Diversity in the Classroom

Posted on Sep 11, 2018

Contemplation, Reflexivity, and Gender/ Sexual Diversity in the Classroom

This webinar offers an introduction to Dr. Kerr Mesner’s work developing contemplative and anti-oppressive approaches to addressing issues of gender/sexual diversity in the classroom. Participants will have an opportunity to engage with this work experientially, as well as to reflect on their own teaching practices in addressing gender/ sexual diversity in their own classrooms.

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Contemplative Practices in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Posted on Aug 17, 2018

Contemplative Practices in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

This webinar with Dr. Patricia Owen-Smith focuses on the place of contemplative knowing and contemplative practices within the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) framework. 

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2nd Annual Arthur Zajonc Lecture on Contemplative Education: “If the Beautiful See Themselves, They Will Love Themselves: Contemplative Practice and Cultural Healing”

Posted on Jul 16, 2018

2nd Annual Arthur Zajonc Lecture on Contemplative Education: “If the Beautiful See Themselves, They Will Love Themselves: Contemplative Practice and Cultural Healing”

A lecture by Veta Goler, Associate Professor and Chair of Dance Performance & Choreography, Spelman College. Free and open to the public.

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Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing

Posted on Jun 19, 2018

Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing

Educator and trauma professional David Treleaven draws on a decade of research and clinical experience to discuss safe, transformative ways of teaching and practicing mindfulness with an awareness of trauma.

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Across the Divides: A Pedagogy of Love

Posted on Jun 11, 2018

Across the Divides: A Pedagogy of Love

In this video, Dr. Paul Wapner delivers the inaugural address of the Arthur Zajonc Contemplative Education Lecture Series. Filmed on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

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Lessons From the Off Ramp

Posted on May 29, 2018

Lessons From the Off Ramp

As she prepares to retire, Renée A. Hill writes, “This webinar is about what I have learned in the classroom over the last fifteen years about contemplative practices and what they can bring to learning and growth—both that of my students and my own.”

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A Heartful Way of Living

Posted on May 10, 2018

A Heartful Way of Living

Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, Psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, will discuss community building and designing healing spaces through diverse sources of knowledge, storytelling, embodied practice, and creative expression.

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Knowing & Growing: Creating and Sustaining Contemplative Communities

Posted on Mar 21, 2018

Knowing & Growing: Creating and Sustaining Contemplative Communities

This webinar, presented by Stephanie Briggs (Assistant Professor of English, Community College of Baltimore County), focuses on ways to develop and maintain a campus-wide contemplative community. We will investigate how to recruit faculty and staff members, the design of a program, goals and objectives of the community, individual/shared facilitation, and cost.

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New Toolkit for Contemplative Community Building in Higher Education

Posted on Feb 21, 2018

New Toolkit for Contemplative Community Building in Higher Education

We hope that the toolkit will support the continued development of living and learning environments that support inquiry into meaning, purpose, and action.

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Enacting Human Revolution: The Inner Social Justice Movement

Posted on Jan 23, 2018

Enacting Human Revolution: The Inner Social Justice Movement

Dr. Kamilah Majied will lead participants through activities that enable them to infuse a liberatory consciousness into their teaching and their contemplative practice.

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To Unite Against Hate

Posted on Aug 15, 2017

To Unite Against Hate

In the wake of the racist, nationalist, white supremacist marches in Charlottesville, we are once again called to unite against hate, violence, and domestic terrorism.

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Cultural Humility and Theater of the Oppressed

Posted on May 3, 2017

Cultural Humility and Theater of the Oppressed

More than a concept, cultural humility is a process of personal and communal reflection to analyze the root causes of suffering and create a broader, more inclusive view of the world. To practice cultural humility is to maintain a willingness to suspend what we know, or what we think we know, about a person based on generalizations about their culture.

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Creating a Contemplative Culture at Community Colleges: Leadership and Classroom Practices

Posted on Feb 17, 2017

Creating a Contemplative Culture at Community Colleges: Leadership and Classroom Practices

In this webinar, Pearl Ratunil and Jon Brammer explore what a contemplative “initiative” can be at a two-year college where resources are scarce, the audience for contemplative pedagogy is sparse, and the need for contemplative approaches is great.

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Mindful Tech: How to Bring Balance to Our Digital Lives

Posted on Jan 26, 2017

Mindful Tech: How to Bring Balance to Our Digital Lives

In this webinar, Dr. Levy will present some of the contemplative exercises and methods used in his courses and seminars. He will also discuss the philosophy underlying them, which places the emphasis on student discoveries through mindful observation and reflection, rather than on general rules that everyone should, or must, obey.

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Regarding the Election of Donald Trump

Posted on Nov 16, 2016

Regarding the Election of Donald Trump

The deep divisions which the election further exposed require reflective, thoughtful, and innovative teaching, leadership, and action in the search for solutions and justice.

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Uniting in Strength and Love after the Orlando Shooting

Posted on Jun 15, 2016

Uniting in Strength and Love after the Orlando Shooting

In the wake of the tragic shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, we at the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society grieve for the senseless harm, the lives lost and the ignorance, hatred and intolerance that brought it about.

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Contemplating Chicano Park and a New Pedagogic Imaginary

Posted on Apr 26, 2016

Contemplating Chicano Park and a New Pedagogic Imaginary

Prof. Alberto López Pulido presents a webinar underscoring the importance of contemplative practices for students of color at a private Roman Catholic University in San Diego, California. Through this work, a new Pedagogic Imaginary is put forth that embraces cultural diversity and social justice for all students, but in particular, students of color and first-generation students.

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Continuing the Momentum: Contemplative Practices, Social Justice, and Building Communities

Posted on Apr 8, 2016

Continuing the Momentum: Contemplative Practices, Social Justice, and Building Communities

Our vision of transformative change holds contemplative methods as inseparable from community building, anti-racism and anti-oppression work: as we develop ways of recognizing our inextricable interconnection with each other and our planet, we continually refine and deepen our ability to respond to these challenges.

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The Science of Contemplative Practice and the Practice of Contemplative Science

Posted on Feb 24, 2016

The Science of Contemplative Practice and the Practice of Contemplative Science

This webinar with Dr. Aaron Godlaski asks, How best do we connect the pedagogy of contemplative practices with the scholarship of contemplative studies? Should we treat research and practice as dichotomy, or dialectic?

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We’d Like to Send You a Tree….

Posted on Dec 29, 2015

We’d Like to Send You a Tree….

Donate $20 or more to CMind before midnight ET on December 31, 2015, and we’ll send you three 8.5″ x 11″ glossy printed copies of the Tree of Contemplative Practices–our popular illustration of many “branches” of contemplative practice.

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Building Just Communities: The 2015 ACMHE Conference at Howard University

Posted on Dec 14, 2015

Building Just Communities: The 2015 ACMHE Conference at Howard University

With the grounds of historic Howard serving as a quiet touchstone, we came together to practice, to share our work, and to experience Just Community within our growing and evolving field of teachers, scholars, and learners.

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Support CMind this #GivingTuesday

Posted on Dec 1, 2015

Support CMind this #GivingTuesday

Gifts of any size make a difference–especially this month, as we have received a matching grant from a generous supporter!

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Contemplative Education for Racial Justice: Meeting Hate with the Power of Love

Posted on Jun 23, 2015

Contemplative Education for Racial Justice: Meeting Hate with the Power of Love

As President of the Board of The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, I write to express my heartbreak over the recent criminal act of hate, terrorism and profound alienation from the sense of Beloved Community that we saw in the shooting that took place last week at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in Charleston, SC.

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Contemplative Practices and 21st Century Skills

Posted on Jun 4, 2015

Contemplative Practices and 21st Century Skills

While we certainly cannot predict the exact characteristics of 21st century skills and their requirements, a deeper consideration of our present situation can help us make observations about the kinds of skills that will support personal and global thriving.

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A special event to support earthquake relief efforts in Nepal

Posted on Jun 4, 2015

A special event to support earthquake relief efforts in Nepal

If you’re located in the Western Massachusetts area, we hope you’ll consider joining us on Thursday, June 11th, at 7:00pm for a special film screening and Q & A to support relief efforts following the devastating earthquakes in Nepal.

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How Mindfulness Can Defeat Racial Bias

Posted on May 23, 2015

How Mindfulness Can Defeat Racial Bias

When we consider these new findings along with some of the already proven benefits of mindfulness, and combine them with teachings about contemporary forms of racism, the outlines of an effective set of new mindfulness-based interventions—for police, doctors, educators, and the full range of others—have already begun to emerge.

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3 Steps for Building & Evaluating Successful Contemplative Programs

Posted on May 15, 2015

3 Steps for Building & Evaluating Successful Contemplative Programs

This webinar is designed for anyone interested in discovering the 3 essential steps for developing, implementing and evaluating sustainable contemplative programs and pedagogical approaches in the classroom or educational community.

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In Support of Changes to the Smith College Admission Policy

Posted on May 6, 2015

In Support of Changes to the Smith College Admission Policy

This past Saturday, the trustees of Smith College voted to admit transgender women to the college. We applaud this decision: honoring self-identification is an important political statement that, we believe, will foster greater freedom and expression for all.

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Focusing on Justice

Posted on May 5, 2015

Focusing on Justice

As we create liberatory, anti-racist contemplative pedagogies, classrooms, and institutions, our efforts must be rooted in a focused commitment to understanding our individual experiences, the experiences of others, and how our experiences relate to the political, social/cultural, and economic systems in which we participate.

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Be. Still. Move: Creative Contemplative Movement

Posted on Mar 12, 2015

Be. Still. Move: Creative Contemplative Movement

A webinar on using movement, storytelling, and art to discover students’ embodied knowledge, develop a connection to personal body/mind insights, and internalize new knowledge.

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Challenges and Opportunities in Contemplative Higher Education

Posted on Jan 13, 2015

Challenges and Opportunities in Contemplative Higher Education

In this webinar, Carolyn Jacobs and Mirabai Bush engage in a dialogue about their experience teaching students in Smith College’s Contemplative Clinical Practice Advanced Certificate Program.

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Challenging Racism and Oppression in Academia

Posted on Dec 17, 2014

Challenging Racism and Oppression in Academia

We are witnessing the dawning of a broader awareness of what many of us have lived and known firsthand: that for far too long, systemic racism has been under-acknowledged. The origins and manifestations of injustice in our nation’s history, in our contemporary culture, and especially in our own individual actions, need to be examined and challenged.

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Developing Indicators for What Matters Most in Your Teaching

Posted on Nov 21, 2014

Developing Indicators for What Matters Most in Your Teaching

This webinar explores our intentions for using contemplative practices in higher education, including what matters most to us as instructors, what matters most to our students, and how we can know if contemplative pedagogy is effective.

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Towards an Embodied Social Justice: Integrating Mindfulness into Anti-Oppression Pedagogy

Posted on May 19, 2014

Towards an Embodied Social Justice: Integrating Mindfulness into Anti-Oppression Pedagogy

In this webinar, Beth Berila explores how contemplative practices can deepen feminist and critical race pedagogies in Women’s Studies, Ethnic Studies, and other courses about diversity, power, and oppression.

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Contemplative Practice in a Course on Arguing as an Art of Peace

Posted on Mar 20, 2014

Contemplative Practice in a Course on Arguing as an Art of Peace

For the past seven years, Barry Kroll has been teaching a Lehigh University seminar that asks first-year college students to consider how arguing—so often associated with controversy and conflict—can be practiced as an art of peace. This webinar features student voices from the course.

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Using Contemplative Practices to Promote Well-Being and Social Justice Awareness

Posted on Feb 14, 2014

Using Contemplative Practices to Promote Well-Being and Social Justice Awareness

Michelle Chatman shares contemplative practices used in sociology and anthropology classes to deepen student learning, enhance well-being, and inspire a commitment to social justice.

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